The Perfect Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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I've been really getting into cooking lately and I've even perfected some recipes (if I do say so myself). I never used to cook, like, I used to live off pot noodles and cup of soups, especially in work as whenever I finish a shift, I'm far too tired to cook a proper meal. I've been training myself to meal prep and create 3 lots of the same meal to take into work, and then when I have days off, I've got loads more time to cook something for dinner.


Something I've created recently is a vegan pumpkin soup - I say vegan because the original recipe I took inspiration from included dairy and chicken stock, so I simply made it my own, and I thought I'd share the recipe here today.

Ingredients (keep in mind I am creating this soup to last me a few meals, if you only want to try it you will need to cut the quantity of the ingredients by a significant amount):

  • Pumpkin or pumpkin puree (I used 2 tins of pumpkin puree)
  • 1 large table spoon of dairy free butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 vegetable stock cubes
  • Lots of paprika 
  • A bit of coriander 
  • A bit of cumin
  • Lots of garlic 
  • Salt and pepper

All you need to do is blend all of the above ingredients in a blender and then boil on the hob until it is boiling! 

That's it! A really simple but delicious recipe that is perfect for the cold, rainy days.

Picture this: a bowl of pumpkin soup, a side of bread and a halloween movie on the TV, doesn't that sound bliss?


Let me know if you recreate this recipe yourself and what you thought! 
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October Look Fantastic Beauty Box!

Monday, October 21, 2019

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I can't believe how fast this year is going! It's my favourite time of the year and also favourite time of the month - beauty box unboxing time! These beauty boxes range from £12-£15 depending on the length of subscription you choose, including free delivery! Each box contains 6 items worth at least £50, and the latest issue of Elle magazine which is worth £4.50, so I definitely think these are worth the money, plus I love the idea of adding the magazine.

Let's see what's inside this month's box



LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER ANGLED BLENDING BRUSH

First off we received an eyeshadow blending brush. This is really soft and has an angled, flat head which is perfect for blending the crease. I have a tonne of brushes, and I can't really say no to another!

Product value: £6.99

OH K! CHOK CHOK HOLOGRAPHIC FIBRE FACE MASK

I've seen these face masks around everywhere but I've never gone out and buy one, mainly because I think the price is quite high for one sheet that you will use once. This product claims to brighten and firm the skin, and also lock in moisture. It is infused with hyaluronic acid and citrus oils, which leaves your skin bright and dewy. I'm very excited to try this one, and put it to the test to see if just one of these is worth a tenner! 

Product value: £10




EOS LIP BALM 

I've never actually tried EOS lip balms before, yet I go through so many lip balms because my lips get so dry in work. I personally received the "Shimmer Coral" balm. This deeply hydrates the lips and also gives off a subtle hint of shimmer. It is infused with shea butter, vitamin E, and jojoba oil which restores moisture levels in the lips. I've used this a few times and it's my new favourite lip balm, they look so juicy afterwards and have definitely helped combat the chappedness!

Product value: £6.50

THE BALM FOILED AGAIN EYESHADOW

The Balm is a brand that I've always wanted to try, I love the vintage aesthetic of their products. I received the foiled eyeshadow single in shade "Red Handed" which is a beautiful pinky-copper shade. These are said to be intensely pigmented and have a buttery soft formula, so I'm very excited to create some looks with this!

Product value: £8



POLAAR THE GENUINE LAPLAND HAND CREAM

Who doesn't love a good hand cream? This one in particular is such a treat for your skin, and it smells amazing. It is infused with arctic berries, and is really moisturising which is perfect as we go into the colder months.

Product value: £9.90

WET BRUSH MINI DETANGLER BRUSH

I've seen these hyped up all over instagram but I never thought to try one for myself. I received the pink one (it's like they know me) and this claims to effortlessly detangle wet or dry hair without breaking or stretching the hair. My hair is really thick and worse when I'm blowdrying it, so I'm hoping this will save me from pulling all my hair out! 

Product value: £7.99




And that's everything! Admittedly I preferred last month's box, but it was their birthday so I imagine the items were specially selected. I'm excited to use everything in the box though, and happy to be able to try some more new brands.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this month's box?


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Sick Day Routine

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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So I'm currently curled up in bed cuddling my hot water bottle, my giant Thumper plushie (yes, I know I'm 23) and feeling very sorry for myself. For the past 2 days I've been having flu-like symptoms and as today is my day off work, I've been doing everything possible to fight it off. I must admit I'm feeling better than yesterday, but I'm still not 100%, but that's mainly because of my asthma as it has made all my symptoms 10 times worse.

I thought I may as well try to be productive and write a blog post, and came up with a "sick day" routine. I return back to day shifts tomorrow, so I'm really hoping these things will make me feel better, as I'll be surrounded by sick people, and being sick myself just isn't a good mix.

I just want to quickly add that I highly recommend you all getting your flu vaccination, I am due mine as always due to my asthma, but now I work in a hospital we can get them during work too. I've been on night shifts and haven't managed to get mine, so it's pretty typical how I've fallen ill before getting the chance to protect myself. I'm not just saying this because I work for the NHS, the influenza vaccine is literally a lifesaver. The flu can cause death to high-risk groups (such as children and the elderly, etc) so I encourage you to get yours, and also try to inspire your loved ones on doing the same.


First things first, it wouldn't be a proper duvet-day without a bit of Disney. One of my most prized possessions is my Disney Classics blu-ray collection and I've been watching some of my favourites all day (Tangled is currently on whilst I type this). I've also lit a bunch of autumnal candles in my room and switched on my fairy lights to add to the cosy effect.


Next up is making sure you keep yourself dosed up with flu medicine. Now my immune system is rather crappy so I've tried a lot of different brands of medicines for colds/flu and these happen to be the ones that help me the most. The Benylin cough syrup has been the biggest help for me as I've experienced a lot of wheezing/tight chest and struggling to breathe, this has helped clear up my airways allowing be to breathe a bit better (I do need to take this a few times a day to keep it working though)

Also, a little hack: before going to sleep, rub the vapo rub on the soles of your feet and wear fluffy socks. I found this helped me get a better night's sleep as well as soothed my symptoms (this is just what I personally found, it's not scientifically proven but what do you have to lose when you're feeling like death and due for a 12 and a half hour shift the next day? Exactly).


This is probably my most favourite part of any kind of "self care" day, a hot bubble bath. This time in particular I used a lavender bath bomb to help me relax, and a Bomb Cosmetics "Rain" shower mixer (I just used it as a bath bomb). I chose my peppermint candy cane shower gel and body butter by The Body Shop as this is a really strong scent and helped me breathe.

I washed my hair, used a hair mask, shaved and caught up on Elle Darby's vlogs, all whilst drinking a nice hot brew. Perfection.


Now I don't know about you but when I'm sick, I don't tend to eat much as I just have no energy to cook anything. However, it is really important to eat as much as you can stomach and keep up with your fluids, being dehydrated will only make your symptoms worse. I opted for a simple and quick vegetable soup and sprinkled some mixed herbs ontop. As I mentioned earlier, I've had copious amounts of cups of tea, and I've made sure to drink as much water as I can (mainly to take all my tablets - but it still counts!)


Last but not least when I'm sick, my skin suffers and feels so congested and gross. The best thing for it is to give it a bit of a pamper, I went for a sheet mask and also a lip mask as my lips have been incredibly dry due to this cold.

So there we have it, a few home remedies to make the sick days a little more bearable. What do you do on sick days? Let me know in the comments!


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